RACE is a community service program designed to help identify individuals with special needs who may require extra assistance in an emergency.
- Senior citizens
- People with hearing, vision or speech impairments
- People with physical disabilities, such as being confined to a bed or wheelchair
- People who are ventilator- or supplemental oxygen-dependent
How to enroll in the R.A.C.E Program
Upon receipt of a completed enrollment form, an employee of St. Charles County Emergency Communication will review the information to ensure that we have a thorough understanding of the situation. In some cases, they may contact you to request additional information. They may also ask for permission to come to your house to introduce ourselves and to familiarize ourselves with the layout and any special devices, such as medical equipment, that may be present.
How it works
The RACE Program follows a prescribed series of steps to alert the emergency responders of potential complications in the situation.
- After an emergency occurs and someone calls 9-1-1.
- The fire department is alerted and responds to the call for help.
- If there is an indication of a RACE participant at that address, responding personnel will be prepared for the special circumstances.
- Once alerted to the existence of a RACE program participant and their special circumstances, responding personnel can be more effective in their rescue efforts.
All information we obtain for this program is kept strictly confidential. Only authorized emergency personnel have access to this private information. It will never be published or available for viewing by the general public.